Nova Scotia

Yarmouth area fish plant reopens after CFIA shutdown

A fish plant near Yarmouth closed by federal authorities last week reopened Wednesday, putting 38 people back to work.

Icelandic-owned JHS Fish Products of Tusket was shut down by CFIA last week

Helgi Stefansson, JHS president, said that the infractions the CFIA inspectors pointed out were minor — plastic tape on a broom, fish spattered on a wall, and a glove that had fallen on the floor. (CBC)

A fish plant near Yarmouth closed by federal authorities last week reopened Wednesday, putting 38 people back to work.

Conservative MP Greg Kerr, who represents the riding of West Nova, released the information in an interview with CBC News.

"Their license renewal has taken place," said Kerr.

Icelandic-owned JHS Fish Products of Tusket was shut down by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency last week.

The CFIA ordered the company to address deficiencies in sanitation, building construction and equipment.

The plant has received $3 million in federal and provincial funding since 2009.

JHS dries fish for export to Nigeria.

This was the plant’s second license suspension by the CFIA in less than a year.

Last week JHS President Helgi Stefansson characterized the violations as minor, and said they were rectified to CFIA's satisfaction within a day.

Kerr also characterized the issues as largely related to process.

"It had to do with levels of information flow as much as anything. They had to make sure they had certain standards, certain plans. They've cleared it all up today," Kerr tells CBC News.

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